Sygater wants your thoughts on CPF !

Hi folks,

I’m a current Sygate Pro user, and would like to move on to a new firewall which sees active development.

Sygate Pro has provided me with years of dependable service, and the thought of parting with it has not been easy. It’s been a trustworthy, very stable, fast, and a dependable sidekick which has had no problems with anything that I have thrown at it – including online gaming.

With that in mind, I have some questions that I’d like to ask:

  1. Does CPF have any IDS capabilities?

  2. Is CPF capable of creating filtering rules based on the interface (e.g., wireless, LAN, etc.)?

  3. Does the “Windows Firewall/ ICS” service needs to be turned OFF when CPF is running?

  4. For those of you with Sygate experience: Are there any features that you miss when you moved to CPF?

I’m sure I’ll have more questions, but this will do for now.


Hi and welcome,

  1. CPF does have IDS;
  2. You can create filtering rules;
  3. CPF will automatically switch off the windows firewall to prevent conflicts;
  4. I’ve never used sygate, but I’ve used many other firewalls (Norton, Kerio, NetVeda, etc) and have got more fetures with CPF than any of them. If you want to add a feature to CPF then you can add it to the CPF wishlist which is monitored by the developers for new ideas.

Again welcome to the forums,

If you use the wizard to define a trusted zone, the wizard explicitly states that ICS is allowed.

If I can add a further point, I’d recommend that you look not just at the firewall, but at the collective Comodo Desktop Security products, and at some of the postings Melih has done about what is planned for these apps. While the firewall is brilliant, Comodo are building an desktop security platform that shows real promise. It’s not there yet, but the firewall is the first step.

Hope all this helps,
Ewen :slight_smile:

P.S. Again, welcome to the forums.

I’ll just comment about what I miss in Comodo compared to Sygate.

Sygate was SIMPLE. That’s why I loved it.

BUT when I learned how Comodo works and how to use it properly, I then understood that I wasn’t really protected so well with Sygate. :x

I can highly recommend you to try CPF! You are not going back to whatever you have used before… :slight_smile:
IF you have any problems with it, you will get help here in the forum, and you will get it fast! ;D
Welcome and good luck! (:CLP)

I can only agree with that.

I want to thank everyone for their warm welcome.
There is a wealth of information here which might take some time to absorb, but it’s real nice to know that there are so many knowledgable users that one can draw upon for help.


I could not agree more. I have learned so much from everyone on the forum.

Also, the support of a product is one of the first things I look for when deciding on a new product to use. And all I can say is that Comodo has some of the BEST support you could ask for. When you get advice right from the people that are writing the software, you can not ask for much more.

I must also say that our moderators are doing an excellent job in providing support to our users.
The combination of developers and Users supporting other users is simply unbeatable! (oh don’t forget the CEO as well (:SHY) )


Yea, the CEO is on once in a while (:WIN) trying to sell t-shirts and hats. And every once in awhile he gives some GREAT advice also. (:CLP)

LOL… He tried to sell me what he said was butter the other day, but I caught him… It was margarine… ;D

Now to be honest, Melih reminds me a lot of my current boss. He is always looking towards the future and his ideas are pure genius. Not only that but he keeps involved in the present and keeps everyone on the edge of their seat waiting for the next move. It’s like a good pic at the drive in.

I too am a former Sygater. I am a newbie with CPF. The only thing I miss is the ability to construct rules based on individual MAC addresses. If there is a way, I would appreciate a quick point in the right direction, if not, I’ll add it to the wish list. It broke my heart when The Evil Empire Annex (Symantec) bought Sygate’s firewall.

Ah it did mine also, but it was a blessing in disguise as that is part of the reason I found COMODO…

I don’t believe, and someone correct me if I am wrong, that you can set rules based on MAC Addresses. I guess it would eliminate the ability of a hacker to use multiple IP’s to try and gain access…

From a user’s perspective, the ability to create rules based on different network interface cards (in effect, MAC addresses) is very useful, and provides for a tremendous flexibility.

My system, like many others, has a built-in LAN Ethernet card, a wireless card, and a MODEM. Using Sygate, I could easily write a rule which would block a particular protocol on a certain MAC address, yet allow all other interface cards to pass the traffic thru.

I’m still not clear as to the availability of this feature in CPF, as I have yet to install the program – perhaps this weekend I’ll get around to it.

Absolutely and it does specifically list your MAC Address on the summary page. You can set NCR’s based on the specific zone whereas mine would be my nForce Networking Controller, but it does not single out Mac Addresses specifically…

I have used Sygate at a time, while I didn’t truly mind it, it still felt stuffy and I didn’t like interface, it wasn’t me I suppose. Actually, when I came across Comodo, I had doubts, doubts that it was free, doubts that it would work. I thought, oh boy, back to Zone Alarm. To be honest , it ran so good I thought it wasn’t doing it’s job at all being used to having ZA for so many years. Once I began running it through tests, it was actually passing them. I still had doubts so joined the forum and found the reasoning and make behind the firewall. So while the saying “too good to be true” applies many times, not here. CPF is the most excellent firewall i’ve used, it really is. Passed all tests\leak tests, etc…I no longer have to wait 15 minutes for my firewall to load and it has blocked all intrusions unlike others. I didn’t use Sygate that long to make an absolute thorough judgement so it wouldn’t be fair to say except for the above statement. Comodo is for real, and it’s here. I will NOT go back to anything else. That said, it is still personal choice and I would hope you do stick to Comodo and enjoy.



Well with the vast knowledge in these forums, I am learning new things every day. I thought Sygate was a good firewall, and to be honest at the time it was considering the fact it was free. Something was better than nothing I suppose. It was also a definite step-up from Windows Firewall. Now my PC is more secure than anyone I know that doesn’t use COMODO and I rub it in every chance I get…lol

Thanks for the info Ryan.
If I get the chance this weekend, I will dive into CPF – I know I’ll have to do it sooner or later.


No problem, I hope you understood what I was trying to say because I am not sure I did… LOL

Been a long day…


That is exactly the reason why I have decided to leave Sygate, and move to a new firewall. Good support, and active development of a software is a must these days. What I found utterly amazing, is the level of involvement that the developers of CPF are having with their users by asking them, and actually implementing, the requested features.